Growing up in a small New England town, 14 year-old Donna Milewski had all she needed: a grandmother, Babci, whose fragrant cooking filled their home; her mother, Helen, who lovingly stitched outfits; and Adam, the most wonderful father a daughter could imagine, who dreamed she could one day lead an all-girl polka band. Then along came Betty…
(Shea) captures the spirit of an insular Polish-Catholic community and homes in on one unforgettable family…A sometimes rollicking, sometimes heartbreaking, effective quirky read. – Kirkus Reviews
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“She has written a wry, beautifully rendered novel that is touching but never sentimental…She may just be the fiction find of the summer.”
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Readers who were beguiled by Suzanne Strempek Shea’s first novel, the incandescent ‘Selling the Lite of Heaven,’ and wondered if her next book could match it, can relax. Her new work, ‘Hoopi Shoopi Donna,’ not only equals ‘Selling,’ but in many ways surpasses it.
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